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Browns rank 30th among world's most valuable sports teams, according to Forbes

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 18, 2012

The Browns are worth $977 million and rank 30th among the world’s most valuable sports teams, according to Forbes.

The Browns, owned by Randy Lerner, are the 20th most valuable team out of 32 NFL franchises, according to the magazine. They also rank third in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens ($1.09 billion) lead the pack, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers ($1.02 billion), Browns and Cincinnati Bengals ($875 million).

Here’s Forbes’ breakdown of the Browns:

The Browns have lost 67% of their games and made the playoffs just once since the franchise was reborn in Cleveland in 1999. The only team that has lost more games since is the Detroit Lions. Browns fans remain among the most loyal supporters in the NFL, allowing the team to charge one of the highest radio rights fees in football. The Browns hope stud running back Trent Richardson -- the third pick in the 2012 draft -- can turn around the team's fortunes.

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